The Dangers Roaches Bring To Sarasota County Properties


With summer at an end and the holiday season rapidly approaching, Sarasota County residents will soon be pulling out storage boxes and dusting off their decorations in preparation for future festivities. What some residents might not be prepared for, though, is discovering a cockroach infestation in the process. Cockroaches are some of the most common household pests in the United States, and they're a lot more dangerous than you may expect.

a cockroach crawling on food in a kitchen

Cockroaches Most Commonly Found Infesting Sarasota County Homes

There are thousands of different cockroaches worldwide, but thankfully that number dwindles to around 55 in the United States, and only a handful of those actively infest homes and businesses. In Sarasota County, that number is narrowed down to four:

  • German cockroaches – ½ to 5/8 of an inch long, light brown in color, two black stripes behind their head, winged

  • American cockroaches – 1 ½ to over two inches long, reddish-brown in color, yellowish figure eight behind their head, winged

  • Australian cockroaches – 1 ½ inches long, reddish-brown in color, black spot bordered by a yellowish-colored ring behind their head, winged

  • Asian cockroaches – 5/8 of an inch long, light brown, black stripes behind their head, winged

Most species of cockroaches just can't survive indoor conditions, but these four not only survive, they also thrive inside homes and businesses. Most people think this is associated with the level of grime and uncleanliness of a home, and while these homes are a preferable choice for cockroaches, clean homes aren't exactly deal-breakers for them. As long as they can find adequate moisture, food, and ample amounts of hiding spots, they'll live like royalty.

The Dangers Cockroaches Bring Into Your Sarasota County Home

Before they infest homes, cockroaches tend to live in various unsanitary places such as sewers, dumpsters, gutters, compost piles, and other areas that hold decomposing organic matter. These unsavory living conditions are cesspools of harmful bacteria and pathogens, and when cockroaches infest Sarasota County homes, they bring these dangerous illnesses with them:

  • Salmonella

  • Dysentery

  • Cholera

  • Typhoid Fever

  • Listeriosis

  • Plague

  • Parasitic worms

  • Campylobacteriosis

Cockroaches contaminate pretty much every surface in a home, including counters, cookware, food prep areas, and eating areas. Their discarded skin, carcasses, and excrement also trigger asthma, allergies, and respiratory infections, and a bad enough infestation can cause young children to develop asthma as well. A sizable population can even exacerbate moisture issues where they nest.

How To Keep Cockroaches Out Of Your Sarasota County Home

There are plenty of ways to make your Sarasota County home and property less enticing to cockroaches, even if it isn't a complete guarantee that they'll stay away. Ensuring they don't have easy access to food is crucial, so airtight containers for dried foods, sweeping and vacuuming, tight-fitting lids on trash cans, and deep-cleaning under heavy appliances are key. Addressing any moisture issues around your home is also important, as is removing any hiding spots like yard debris and indoor clutter. Finally, sealing up any entry points around the exterior of your home will significantly reduce their ability to get inside.

Sometimes, though, prevention isn't enough to keep your home protected against cockroaches, and dangerous infestations require immediate attention. Keller's Pest Control offers a wide range of home pest control options, including prevention, and we make sure you only pay for the pest control you need. Our pest experts are punctual, thorough, and efficient, and we always use the highest quality pest control products in our treatments. Don't let cockroaches contaminate your peace of mind this holiday season. Get in contact with us today to start discussing your options.

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